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Mondriaan began as a painter of landscapes in muted tones. His mature style comprised compositions of black horizontal and vertical lines and blocks of white, grey and the primary colours: red, yellow and blue. The absolute harmony he sought reached beyond art alone. He wrote: 'Art is only a substitute as long as the beauty of life is deficient. It will disappear in proportion as life gains an equilibrium.'

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Title Composition no II
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 52 cm
Height 52 cm
Artists Schilder: Piet Mondriaan
Accession number 1542 (MK)
Credits Schenking van vrienden van de kunstenaar / Donation of friends of the artist: 1929
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1929
Age artist About 57 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions 'Charley Toorop' (2010)
De Stijl (2010)
Vaste opstelling - De Stijl (2020)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Piet Mondriaan

Amersfoort 1872 - New York 1944

Piet Mondriaan first painted mainly naturalistic landscapes. From 1907 his work changed under the influence of theosophical ideas. He developed the theory of '...

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